April 23, 2021

Automated Integrated System: Its Advantages and Disadvantages in Bulk Handling Systems

Automated systems are designed to enhance your ability to speed up production while cutting out waste and improving profit margins. By investing in automated systems, there are numerous benefits and advantages your business will experience, but there are some drawbacks. At least, there are drawbacks if you do not take proper care of the equipment. Thankfully, these disadvantages can be avoided in bulk handling systems. You just have to perform the same basic maintenance as you would before the automated system. As long as you do this, your production facility, regardless of what you make, can take advantage of all the advantages and skip out on the disadvantages simultaneously.

What is an Automated System?

Automation means a programmable machine or device automatically handles a task. You don’t need to have an employee perform the given task. For example, in a fast-food restaurant, an employee once had to place a cup under the fountain drink machine and hold down the button until the cup received the necessary amount of soda. However, because there is a human element in play, some cups might receive more, others less, and some cups might overflow, spilling soda down the drain. With an automated system, the cup is placed on the fountain machine, and the automated equipment automatically fills it with the necessary amount of liquid every single time. This frees the employee up to either perform more tasks within the kitchen or mean fewer employees are required to work in the kitchen at once.

This is a small example of an automated system, but it also applies to larger setups. In bulk handling, you might want to deposit a specific weight amount of a particular product. Without automation, you might need an employee to be on hand and ensure the right amount of material is deposited at set intervals. It’s a tedious task where the individual performs the same job repeatedly for hours on end. However, eventually, the worker will perform the job so that the same amount of material is almost always deposited at the correct intervals.

With automation, the employee is replaced with a computerized system. The desired amount of material is released from the bulk handling equipment at set intervals. This keeps the measurements precise, all while reducing waste.

The Benefits of an Automated System

With an automated system installed into your bulk handling setup, you can control the exact amount of material that passes through the bulk handling hardware and at what intervals. If you want to increase the amount that passes through at any given time, it is an easy adjustment. And if you want to speed up production, you can do all of that as well. With an employee, this can be easier said than done. An employee, over time, will have a feel for how much product to deploy from the bulk handling equipment. If you suddenly require 10 percent more, it will slow down the process and come with a learning curve. There is no learning curve when using an automated system.

Because you always have the exact amount of material coming out of the bulk handling hardware, you won’t have any kind of overflow. This cuts down on waste, which means you will improve your profit margins when using the equipment. Over a year, you might be surprised how much money you save by avoiding unnecessary waste.

With the automated system, you might no longer need an employee working the system. They can be moved to another point in the operation. If you need to reduce staff hours, it could be a position that is eliminated. Whatever your company needs might be, installing a bulk handling automated integration system is one of the best investments you can make.

The Disadvantage of an Automated System

The disadvantages of using an automated system in your bulk handling equipment are few and far between. However, you can run into some performance and maintenance issues if you’re not careful.

Before implementing an automated system, you would have had an employee handle this aspect of production. Because you have eyes and hands on the equipment, the employee will know when the hardware isn’t working correctly. They will know it doesn’t feel right, it’s pulling in a strange direction, or it’s making an odd noise. Whatever the issue might be, the employee will spot the problem before it turns into a major issue.

With an automated system, if you simply turn it on and let it go without inspecting the equipment, it is possible for there to be performance problems down the line. All equipment needs routine maintenance. As long as you perform this routine maintenance, you’ll avoid these disadvantages.

Learn More About Bulk Handling Automated Systems

Integrating an automated bulk handling system into your production facility has numerous benefits. You can cut down on the amount of waste while ensuring the correct amount of material is deposited and at what intervals. If you need to speed up or slow down the process, you can do this easily. With a worker, it might not prove as simple as telling them to go faster. The ability to cut down on waste while improving productivity helps make it valuable to your manufacturing floor. As long as you still take the time to perform routine maintenance on the equipment, you’ll also avoid the potential disadvantages of an automated system.

If you are interested in learning more about a bulk handling automated system and how it can be implemented into your own line of work, now is the time to contact the customer service staff at Gough Econ.

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